If you have ever steered clear of a short story collection, because, well, they are just too short to connect with, I'm recommending you try The Hero of Blind Pig Island by Jimmy Olsen! Each story is like a complete mini-novel! Perfect to satisfy that "need-to-read" when time is short, I actually have been reading a story or two a day.
PARTY GIRL, the first in the line up is plucky, comical, a little out there, with its crazy premise! Ever been to a reception introducing new employees to the core group where there is the sizing up, the scrutiny, and (gasp, the forbidden spiked punch? There were no lampshades on heads, but trust, they weren't needed!
With titles such as SEA SALT, GREEN BANANA MAN, WORMWOOD, DENISE, and THE HERO OF BLIND PIG ISLAND, among the others, I was intrigued, I laughed, I rooted for the characters and I enjoyed the crisp writing style of author Jimmy Olsen who could change the attitude and pace of each story with ease as he mentally took me to places where the sea breeze smelled just right, Mother Nature's violence couldn't deter a hurricane party, and the darkness of a Schoolmaster could be chillingly felt, as we were invited inside his mind.
Short on words, but long on detail, each tale is well-told, diverse and engaging! I found my favorite island story, and bet you will, too! Where has this gem been hiding? Perfect for the beach!
I would like to thank author Jimmy Olsen for providing me this review copy in exchange for my honest review.